Late last year, we took a peek at one of Thermaltake’s latest incarnations of the high-end Toughpower Grand series. While a capable unit, it didn’t quite stand out among the crowd the way I would have liked. Today, we have an 850 watt Platinum addition to the Grand series of units, so my expectations are once again high.
SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Toughpower Grand 850W Platinum
PROD LINK: Thermaltake’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $169.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
There are many grand things in life that are grand. Tetons are grand. Pas and Mas can be grand. Dodge Caravans can be grand, though I don’t know why they would be when they are now the only size available.
Power supplies, according to Thermaltake, can also be grand. It’s been five years now since Thermaltake decided to go for the high-end market and introduce the first Toughpower Grand 750W, which was packed full of features in an attempt to match up with the likes of the Antec Signature series, as well as the high-end stuff Corsair was overthrowing the market with at the time. And it did a decent job in that regard.
But time does not stand still. The market has evolved since then, and Thermaltake has to keep up. Let’s see if their new Platinum efficiency Grand unit manages to do so.
Let’s start with the box pictures. Once again, it appears that we have the same rounded chassis that has been a hallmark of the Toughpower Grand units. That’s not a bad thing… it helps these units stand apart from the pack. There’s a refreshing lack of marketing hoopla on this box, though it does have some to talk about. Fully modular cables… this is good. Japanese capacitors… also good. Synchronous rectification and DC-DC design… more good things, though this is nothing everybody else isn’t doing too.
Some more marketing awaits us on this panel. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just the usual stuff. It does brag about the flat cabling, so I am a little concerned they went overboard with the ribbon cables, but we’ll find that out soon enough. I don’t like the ATX cable as a ribbon. While it looks good, it’s often a nightmare for cable management.
Let’s jump right into the unpacking now. I see a power supply in a blanket, a bag of accessories, a bag of modular cables, a warranty guide, and a user guide.
Here’s the warranty guide now. This unit has a seven-year warranty, which is always nice on a high-end product.
The user guide is still the same big folded sheet of paper we remember from the last Toughpower Grand we saw. All the vital details are there, but man is it ever a half baked looking thing.
The contents of the accessories bag leave me feeling underwhelmed, quite frankly. This series used to have a lot of goodies that came with it. We had velcro cable ties, we had special cable management clamps, we had case stickers. Even on the last TPG unit, we still had the special silicone wedges that helped this unit’s odd-shaped housing meet the mounting panel in your case, dampening vibrations at the same time.
No, the only thing special about this one is that gigantic 14 gauge power cord. Which is complete overkill on a unit like this, but welcome after the last TPG unit, which had a somewhat small power cord.
The only other things I found in the accessories bag were some zip ties and some scr… oh, now we have a real problem. See, because of the housing’s unusual shape, the mounting screw holes are set back inside the housing a bit. Past Toughpower Grand units came with extra long screws to counteract this issue. Even in the last one I saw, which had one short screw and three long ones, we could still mount the unit properly as there is one short screw location in the housing.
But this time? All the screws are the traditional short kind. Which means that only one can be used to actually mount the power supply… the other three are too short. This, in turn, creates a problem for me in the hot box, because now I need to go looking for screws long enough to hold this unit in there. I think I have some, but I’m not sure just yet. I’ll go looking in a bit.
Meantime, Thermaltake, if you could please put the right screws in the boxes of these units, and at least add those silicone dampers back in, I would appreciate it. As it stands now, there will be some scoring going on later. While the performance may or may not be grand, the lack of accessories and proper screws is decidedly not grand at all.